Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (132)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

132. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount granted historically to Ireland specifically for use under national development plans; the breakdown of the funding by Department in the context of their Project Ireland 2040 ambitions; if a schedule and amount per Department will be set out by year in the context of future release of funds until 2040; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47092/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I understand the Deputy is referring to the National Development Plan (NDP), which was launched alongside the National Planning Framework (NPF) as part of Project Ireland 2040 in February 2018.

The current national development plan is the fifth since 1989. The first three were framed in response to EU requirements for Structural Funds assistance. The fourth National Development Plan, intended to cover the period 2007 to 2013, was curtailed as a result of the economic downturn.

The current NDP adopts a new approach, that relates funding allocations to the National Strategic Outcomes identified in the National Planning Framework, under the umbrella of Project Ireland 2040.

The NDP sets out the investment priorities that will underpin the successful implementation of Ireland’s infrastructural commitments in the NPF by ensuring that public capital investment is clearly aligned to the delivery of the objectives and priorities detailed in the NPF. The NDP commits €116 billion of capital spending over the period from 2018 to 2027, with the Exchequer funding allocation for public capital investment over the period amounting to €91 billion.

The NDP set out expenditure allocations by Department covering the period 2018 to 2022 in Annex 1 and also sets out the aggregate capital expenditure split between Exchequer and non-Exchequer for the period 2018 to 2027.

Departmental allocations have been updated in Budget 2020 for the period up to 2022 as follows:

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2020

2021

2022

-

€m

€m

€m

AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND THE MARINE

274

265

275

BUSINESS, ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION

632

640

715

CHILDREN AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

31

32

33

COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENT

372

517

611

CULTURE, HERITAGE AND THE GAELTACHT

81

80

110

DEFENCE

113

120

125

EDUCATION AND SKILLS

922

1,006

1,100

EMPLOYMENT AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL PROTECTION

15

16

17

FINANCE GROUP

22

18

19

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE GROUP

13

13

14

HEALTH

854

880

880

HOUSING, PLANNING, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

2,230

2,269

2,280

JUSTICE AND EQUALITY GROUP

265

208

216

PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND REFORM GROUP

219

223

232

RURAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

150

152

175

TRANSPORT, TOURISM AND SPORT

1,943

2,613

2,424

TOTAL GROSS CAPITAL EXPENDITURE CEILINGS*

8,136

9,052

9,226

UNALLOCATED RESERVE

109

109

* Rounding effects totals

The plan makes no funding commitments beyond 2027. A full mid-term review of the NDP will be undertaken in 2022, to allow Government to:

• take stock of progress in terms of delivery of the planned projects and programmes; and

• review and reaffirm investment priorities of Government.

The review will be carried out in order to prepare and publish a new updated 10-year plan for public capital investment in 2023, covering the period 2023 to 2032.